Control Processes, Priority Management, and Affective Dynamics

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Affective dynamics are discussed from the perspective of a view of origin and functions of affective valence based in control processes. This view posits that affect reflects the error signal of a feedback loop managing rate of progress at goal attainment or threat avoidance. Negative feelings signal doing poorly, demanding more effort. Positive feelings signal doing better than necessary, allowing coasting, which yields goal attainment without unnecessary resource expenditure. Given multiple simultaneous goals, these functions assist in moment-to-moment priority management, facilitating attainment of all.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-307
Number of pages7
JournalEmotion Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015


  • affect
  • control processes
  • feedback
  • priority

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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